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article imageU.S. Sen. Rand Paul detained by TSA at airport, refused pat-down

By Andrew Moran     Jan 23, 2012 in Politics
Nashville - Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul has been detained by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after refusing to a full body pat-down. A Paul staffer confirmed on Twitter that he was being detained in Nashville
A Langer Research poll conducted for ABC News and the Washington Post suggested that 48 percent of Americans feel that “aggressive pat-downs” is “justified,” while 50 percent say they go “too far.” Tea Party freshman Republican Senator Rand Paul is one of those against it and has brought it up repeatedly at hearings.
According to a Tweet from Moira Bagley, the Kentucky Senator’s communications director, Paul has been detained Monday morning by TSA officials after refusing to a full body pat-down during his travels.
Republican presidential candidate and the senator’s father, Congressman Ron Paul, also confirmed to Twitter of the incident. “My son @SenRandPaul being detained by TSA for refusing full body pat-down after anomaly in body scanner in Nashville. More details coming.”
ABC News has learned that apparently Paul set off an airport security screener. One of the security guards would not allow Paul to walk back through the body scanner and then demanded the senator to a full body pat-down.
A spokesperson for the TSA noted that the organization was looking into the matter but would not immediately comment on the situation until it has been investigated. The senator’s office has also not provided an official statement as of yet.
Both Pauls have been quite critical of the TSA’s pat-downs, especially after the various news reports of the elderly, children and disabled being “humiliated,” “molested” and “abused.”
“Men and women subjected to unwarranted groping and touching of their most private areas, and involuntary radiation exposure,” said the Texas Republican Congressman in his “Texas Straight Talk” audio address. “If the perpetrators were a gang of criminals, their headquarters would be raided by SWAT teams and armed federal agents. Unfortunately in this case, the perpetrators are armed federal agents.”
During a hearing last summer where TSA Administrator John Pistole appeared before legislators, Senator Paul criticized the agency.
“This kind of gets back to this whole idea of what what are willing to give up as a country,” stated Paul.
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